In an interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said administrators at the University of Virginia should have acted sooner in response to allegations of gang rape at a campus fraternity house.
“I know the Board of Visitors and the president have taken action in the last week,” he said. “I wish they acted a little quicker but they are now acting.”
The rape charges published in Rolling Stone have rocked UVA’s campus. Virginia’s attorney general has commissioned an investigation into the alleged 2012 incident and university President Teresa Sullivan suspended all fraternities until Jan. 9.
Yet, questions have been raised about the accuracy of the claims made in the story since it was revealed that the reporter did not make contact with the alleged perpetrators.
When Ramos asked if investigators would be contacting the individuals who allegedly carried out the attack, Warner said “They’ve brought in the Charlottesville Police Department and beyond those facts I don’t know the particulars.”
Warner is one of eight co-sponsors of legislation cracking down on campus sexual assault. The bipartisan bill would toughen penalties for institutions that do not conform with sexual-assault prevention measures and increase training and resources to prevent on-campus assaults.
The full interview airs on AMERICA with Jorge Ramos on Tuesday, December 9th at 7PM ET.